PART 1: INFORMATION NOTE
NATURE OF EMERGENCY: 1. On Friday 13th March Tropical Cyclone Pam made landfall on the islands of Vanuatu with sustained wind speeds of 270 km/h. Initial estimates of humanitarian impact suggest large devastation. Several other island nations, including Kiribati, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, and Fiji have also been affected, though to a much lesser extent than Vanuatu.
Location: 2. Vanuatu, South Pacific. Capital city Port Vila, on the island of Efate, Shefa Province. Vanuatu is situated 2,000 km North East of Brisbane Australia.
Cause: 3. Tropical Cyclone Pam category 5 cyclone (sustained wind speeds of 270 km/h) the second strongest recorded cyclone to form in the Southern Pacific.